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The Beatles are definitely the most acclaimed and successful group in music history. They are the best selling group in history with EMI records estimating their sales to over one billion units. They were also the best selling band in both the UK and in the U.S where they sold over 170 million copies. The Beatles also hold the record of the most number one albums on the British charts. The band managed to achieve 7 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for the best original song score.
The Beatles were a four man English rock band formed in 1960 in Liverpool. The members of the group included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney. Their main genres of music were rock and pop although they started out as a skiffle group. The group started small having to build their reputation by playing in clubs in Hamburg and Liverpool until late 1962 when they had their first hit ‘Love Me Do’. Their subsequent releases ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘She Loves You’ then catapulted them to stardom. They became quite famous with their British fans and by 1964 they had gained international recognition. Their popularity in the UK led to the Beatlemania craze. They then released numerous hit albums from 1965 onwards until their breakup in 1970 when each of the members each released their own album. Their most influential albums include Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), The Beatles (1968) and finally Abbey Road in 1969.
Each individual member of the group however managed to enjoy great fan support even in their individual careers after their break-up. McCartney and Starr are the only remaining members of the group today and still enjoy great success in their solo careers. Their music was described as unique and original and surpassed their time period since it still a great inspiration to this day.